||Last Updated: Nov 17th, 2006 - 22:35:04
First Compilation of Tropical Ice Cores Shows Abrupt Global Climate Shift
For the first time, glaciologists have combined and compared sets of ancient climate records trapped in ice cores from the South American Andes and the Asian Himalayas to paint a picture of how climate has changed – and is still changing – in the tropics. Their conclusions mark a massive climate shift to a cooler regime that occurred just over 5,000 years ago, and a more recent reversal to a much warmer world within the last 50 years. The evidence also suggests that most of the high-altitude glaciers in the planet’s tropical regions will disappear in the near future. The paper was included in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Jun 29, 2006, 04:47
East Asia may experience less drastic climate change
The extreme effects of climate change on the world depicted in the US blockbuster movie The Day After Tomorrow may not be quite true where East Asia is concerned, according to a new study. In particular, the scene from the film depicting huge ice balls falling on Tokyo, causing death and destruction, is very unlikely. The research suggests that temperatures are unlikely to change as drastically in East Asia as they could do in countries bordering the North Atlantic, such as America and Great Britain.
Jun 29, 2006, 04:42
Global warming may affect length of Respiratory syncytial virus infection season
Rising global temperatures over the past two decades may be responsible for a shortened season of a serious respiratory illness in the United Kingdom, according to an article in the March 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.
Feb 12, 2006, 18:07
Heat acclimatization cause false indications of mortality due to ozone
Ozone is being wrongly blamed for many of the deaths during hot weather spells, finds a new UCL (University College London) study. UCL scientists warn that amidst all the concerns over air pollution, the more basic health message of ‘staying cool when the weather is hot' may be being forgotten.
Oct 12, 2005, 04:47
Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund raised $2 million in online funds in hours
The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund announced that it has raised over $2 million in online donations. This announcement comes less than 6 hours after the Fund announced that it had raised $1 million dollars online in approximately 24 hours.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:18
Atmosphere may cleanse itself better
A research team from Purdue University and the University of California, San Diego has found that the Earth’s atmosphere may be more effective at cleansing itself of smog and other damaging hydrocarbons than was once thought.
May 13, 2005, 20:05
Earth's reflectivity a great unknown in gauging climate change impacts
Earth's climate is being changed substantially by a buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases, but a group of leading climate scientists contends the overall impact is not understood as well as it should be because data are too scarce on how much energy the planet reflects into space.
May 6, 2005, 16:31